Whoomp! There it is.
"I'm takin' it back to the old school,'cause I'm an old fool who's so cool" --Tag Team
My classroom greeted me as it does every morning. No lights on except the glow of the computer screen. I walked around my classroom doing my usual morning routine getting things prepared before students walk through the door at 7:25. Except this time, I cued up a special song on my computer ensuring it was a clean version, of course.
The song Friday by Rebecca Black scratched through the school PA system alerting teachers students are now entering the building.
"It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend."
Ain't that the truth, Rebecca.
Sounds of students filtering in my room--shuffling feet, laughter, some yelps, and crinkling packages of breakfast being opened and eaten soon drowned out Rebecca Black's voice.
Just a few minutes into our day a student asks me, "So, are we going to go into Miss G's room today?" She asks this skeptically as if she doesn't believe I'll go through with it.
"Yes, but I think we should use this song instead." I pushed play and waited for her reaction.
She smiled in agreement, "Yeah, this is better."
"All right, clean up and let's do this!" 'This' was a response to my colleague bursting into my room dancing around wearing a pair of one of her students' shoes with her class behind her a few weeks ago. We've been planning our comeback ever since and decided to just go in and dance around as well.
The door to the classroom across the hallway was still open as official teaching business had not yet begun this early in the morning.
I pressed play to the song now cued up on my phone and started dancing my way inside my colleague's classroom with my students trailing behind me. Looks of shock quickly turned into huge smiles on the faces of students sitting at their desks as my entire class filled the perimeter of the room.
My colleague didn't miss a beat. She quickly put the song on her computer so it could be heard through bigger speakers and joined us in our dance party. Some of her students joined in too.
After a few minutes of joyful fun, we walked out of her classroom across the hallway into ours and settled in a for a morning of learning. Well, as much learning that can be done on a Friday with everyone lookin' forward to the weekend, that is.